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Doña Ana County

Doña Ana County

Water rising next to "Anthony Farm" sign
Photo: AFSC / Patrick Jaramillo
Photo: AFSC

AFSC has been working in the towns of Anthony and Chaparral since 2010 to train small scale farmers. We created a farmer co-operative called the Sol y Tierra Growers. AFSC has partnered with the Anthony Water & Sanitation District to develop a demonstration farm and provide year long farmer to farmer training. Organic vegetables grown at the farm are sold to various farmers markets, the Mountain View Co-Op, Food City, local restaurants, and the Las Cruces Public Schools. 

Video screenshot of Sol y Tierra greenhouse
Sol y Tierra growers in Anthony, New Mexico

Sol y Tierra growers is part of a farming network in New Mexico that trains individuals how to become farmers. The training lasts one year and there are three locations in the state. They are located in Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and Rio Arriba County.

Two people holding carrots and standing by produce
AFSC partnership in Anthony gives incarcerated youth a second chance

The newspaper Las Cruces Sun reports on the farm project with the American Friends Service Committee and the Anthony Water & Sanitation District. "Anthony Youth Farm was their second chance. Perez says he never would have finished high school and Dominguez says she would have dropped out if they hadn't found their passion there."